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Major Carriers Partner with “Agent Averse” Online Brokerage

August 28th, 2015

PolicyGenius, the online insurance brokerage startup, is celebrating its first anniversary. Launched in July 2014, the site that branded itself as “agent averse” already boasts over 300,000 users shopping for life, disability, renters’ and pet insurance—over half of whom are under the age of 35. The agent-less business model is part of what makes the [...]

New Study Offers Insight into High Latino Uninsured Rate

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August 27th, 2015

Despite efforts to sign Latinos up for coverage, they still represent about 1/3 of the uninsured population. Enrollment on the health insurance exchanges is also disproportionately lower, with just 10% of those buying coverage on identifying as Latino. However, new McKinsey research sheds light on why Latino enrollment rates remain low, and offers suggestions [...]

Voya Financial Designs App to Boost Life Insurance Sales

August 26th, 2015

Want to sell more cash value life insurance? A new iPad app from Voya Financial claims to help you do just that. The Voya Life Journey mobile selling system not only helps clients understand the benefits of life insurance, but it lets them explore the solutions that will help them meet their financial goals. Simply [...]

Hollywood’s Most Expensive Auto Insurance Claims

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August 25th, 2015

Car chases–and crashes are Hollywood staples. But what makes for an exciting night out at the movies would result in some serious damages in the real world.  To find out who would face the biggest bill, 1st Central, a UK car insurance company calculated the most expensive claims that would have been filed against movie [...]

4 Tips for Better Cold Calling Results

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August 24th, 2015

If you’re like most insurance agents, cold calling is an essential part of your sales strategy. These four tips will help you achieve better results: 1 Refresh your list. You should be adding new numbers as you move down the list of prospects. Ideally, you’ll be calling a mixture of new and old leads to [...]

Short-Term Care Sales on the Rise

August 20th, 2015

Soaring costs for long-term care insurance (LTCI) are pushing buyers (and issuers) into the short-term care insurance market (STCI). The number of STCI policies sold in the first half of 2015 rose 71%, to 26,237, according to the National Advisory Center for Short Term Care Information, a new affiliate of the AALTCI. Meanwhile, the total [...]

Big Ad Spend Isn’t Converting Auto Insurance Consumers

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August 19th, 2015

The auto insurance industry may be spending more on advertising than ever, but it’s not enough to convince consumers to switch carriers. According to a recent survey, the average U.S. driver hasn’t changed insurance companies in 12 years, and about 25% of them have remained loyal for more than 16 years. Less than one-third [...]

How to land more appointments [Video]

August 18th, 2015

It's hard to deny that if you don't have customers, you're up the creek as far as insurance sales are concerned. Cold calls, door-to-door visits and referrals all can work to varying levels of effectiveness, but without a reliable way to secure customers, you won't be able to improve your pool of clients or establish yourself as an elite insurance professional.

Is the ACA Driving Big Health Insurance Mergers?

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August 17th, 2015

After weeks of speculation, Anthem announced in July that it had reached a deal to buy Cigna. Earlier that month, Aetna announced it would acquire Humana. If both deals go through, the Big Five Health insurers will shrink to three. So what’s driving this round of industry mergers? The Affordable Care Act is the most [...]

Despite Oscar’s Losses, Investor Support Holds Strong

August 14th, 2015

Oscar Health Insurance has been losing money since its 2013 launch and only has about 40,000 members. Yet the company is valued by investors at $1.5 billion. To put that number into perspective, Cigna has more than 300 times Oscar’s member, but based on its $54 billion sale, is worth just 36 times more. Why? [...]